Striking effectively involves far more than just the hands. Sifu Barry Pang explains that coordination is key to reaching maximum potential in your techniques.
Bruce Lee and other top martial artists just seem to flow. They are not the largest or most powerful-looking people. But they get 100% out of their whole body, with flow and superior coordination bringing all of the moving parts together.
“The strike is not just the hand, it’s every part of your body from the ground up”Sifu Barry Pang
In Wing Chun the pivot punch is a simple example of how timing is used to transfer energy from the base into the hands. Likewise forward stepping with perfectly timed punches multiplies the power output. At a more detailed level, there is also the coordination of punch itself and the flow of energy through the arm joints to the bottom knuckles upon impact.
In Lung Ying, Na Ma stepping with hand techniques trains you to extract full power from your base, with the energy flowing up through all of the joint movements to the point of impact. Or how the hands work in unison to simultaneously break a guard and strike (Boi Gim), much like Wing Chun’s Pak Sao. If the timing is not there, the techniques lose their potential. If the base on the ground is weak, the hands deliver far less.
The takeaway is to train your movements to flow together, coordinating the entire body to achieve full potential. Do this when practicing your forms and running through technique drills, making sure your techniques are perfectly executed every time.